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January 9, 2017 3:28 pm

Israeli Legal Rights Group Files Lawsuit Against Twitter for ‘Aiding and Abetting’ ISIS Attacks

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Police gather evidence at the Bataclan theatre in Paris Nov. 14, 2015, the day after coordinated Islamic State terror attacks in that city killed 130 people. Photo: Maya-Anaïs Yataghène via Wikimedia Commons.

Police gather evidence at the Bataclan theatre in Paris Nov. 14, 2015, the day after coordinated Islamic State terror attacks in that city killed 130 people. Photo: Maya-Anaïs Yataghène via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org — A Tel Aviv-based legal rights organization has filed a lawsuit against Twitter, claiming that the social media giant aided and abetted the Islamic State terror group in coordinating its deadly attacks in Paris and Brussels.

The Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center filed the suit on behalf of the families of victims of those attacks, stating that ISIS used Twitter “as a weapon of terror, including through bots, special apps and ‘hashtag hijacking’ to inflate its image, recruit members and grow into the most-feared terrorist organization in the world.”

“This is the first lawsuit to document Twitter’s key role in the rise of ISIS,” Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, director of Shurat HaDin, said in a statement. “Among social media platforms, Twitter has most brazenly refused to cut off its services to terrorists, taking the position that ‘the tweets must flow’ even if it means assisting in mass murders.”

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The victims described in the lawsuit include Nohemi Gonzalez, 26, who was killed during the November 2015 coordinated attacks on Parisian cultural and entertainment centers in which 130 people were murdered, and brother and sister Alexander and Sascha Pinczowski, 29 and 26 respectively, killed in the March 2016 suicide bombing at Brussels Airport.

“This lawsuit reveals direct connections between Twitter and terror, and when justice is done in this case, it will force Twitter and others to conclude that supporting terror does not pay,” Darshan-Leitner said.

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